Court Transcripts of Testimonies Against Tim Lambesis Provide New Details of the Case
As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis returns to San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse today; whether or not this appearance actually produces a trial date or not obviously remains to be seen. But while we wait, Radio.com have gotten their hands on some transcripts of testimonies against the Austrian Death Machine vocalist, and while they don’t offer a ton of new information, they do paint a much clearer portrait of the actions Lambesis allegedly took in order to have his estranged wife, Meggan, murdered.
According to a man identified only as Brett (presumably for safety reasons), an employee of Pure Fitness, the gym where Lambesis went to work out, the AILD frontman texted him and asked for a meeting in the parking lot gym. Then, according to Brett:
“He began by asking me if I knew why I was there. I made the comment that I was hoping it wasn’t to kill anybody. He said that that was funny and that was exactly why I was there.”
Brett, of course, wanted to no part of this, and says he told Lambesis “That’s not my thing, I’m not involved in any behavior like that. I’m a body guard, not an assassin.” But Lambesis wouldn’t let it go, says Brett: “He wanted to know if maybe I could find somebody to do it for him. He knew I knew people was his comment. I know you know people so maybe you can help me.”
Brett then went to his attorney to seek advice; said attorney told him he’d be an accessory to murder if Tim did, indeed, have Meggan killed, and Brett had done nothing to try and stop it. So Brett invited Lambesis to another private chat — this time at Barnes & Noble — and clandestinely utilized a tape recorder to capture the entire conversation: “At the end of that conversation,” says Brett, “when I saw that he was not veering from killing his wife, I told him I had somebody in mind for him, yes.” It was at this point that Brett made up the now-infamous fictional hitman “Red.” After getting Tim’s permission to give “Red” his phone number, Brett contacted the police, and plans were hatched for a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy to play the role of “Red.”
That officer had his meeting with Lambesis at the same Barnes & Noble, where Lambesis brought him a thousand dollars as a down payment for a total cost of $20,000 — which “Red” says Lambesis agreed to “immediately” — as well as photos, dates the kids would be out of the house, etc. Still, there was a problem:
“The undercover officer tried to get Lambesis to use the word ‘kill’ or ‘dead’ during their conversation, which he said was recorded, but Lambesis resisted. ‘But he continued to say repeatedly that, I want her gone. I want her never ever, ever to come back.’
Then Lambesis started to walk away. ‘So, as he was leaving, we got about fifteen or twenty feet away from each other and he turned back to me and he goes, ‘Just to clarify, just so you know, I do want her dead.’’
Red then collected the manilla envelope containing the aforementioned money, photos, and notes, and walked away. As soon as he did so, Lambesis was arrested.
So, basically… the evidence against Lambesis seems to be pretty damning. Still, we’ll see what happens when/if he ever gets his date in court.
You can read the rest of Radio.com’s story here.